Solving Bruxism With Botox

September 20th, 2018 by Dr. Michael Glass

Grind No More with Botox

 

If you’ve ever woken up with an unexplained sore jaw or headache, chances are you’ve been grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is an incredibly common condition. While you may not be aware that it’s happening while you sleep, bruxism can cause damage to your teeth over time.

Though it may sound surprising, Botox treatments can help you tackle your teeth grinding.

What Causes Bruxism?

Some of the most common cause of bruxism include:

  • increased distress in your life,
  • anxiety, and
  • depression.

Bruxism is also common in people with sleep disorders and can occur as a side effect of certain medications. Luckily, even if you’re an avid grinder, Botox can help ease your bruxism while you handle the underlying issues.

Benefits of Botox for Bruxism

In order to keep your teeth protected from grinding, mouthguards are often prescribed by dentists and orthodontists.  However, Botox is another viable treatment option that many people are unaware of.

Here is how Botox can help with your bruxism:

  • Small doses of Botox will be injected into your masseter muscle. This is the large muscle that allows you to chew.
  • When the Botox is injected, it will slightly weaken the muscle.
  • This weakening of the muscle prevents involuntary clenching and teeth grinding.

When you use Botox to treat your bruxism, you will:

  • Reduce the amount of damage done to your teeth as a result of grinding or clenching.
  • Eliminate the headaches and damage that can be caused by the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.

The best part about using Botox to target bruxism, is that all your intentional movements are left unaffected. That means your ability to smile, chew, and talk will not be compromised in any way.

While Botox is not a final cure for bruxism, it is an excellent option to help you control the undesirable habit and relieve you of the uncomfortable symptoms and effects of the issue.

What to Expect

If you’re new to Botox, there’s no need to worry. The Esteem team will walk you through the whole process so you feel safe and confident.

The process of receiving your Botox treatment for bruxism will be very brief and last only about 15 minutes.

After receiving your treatment, you will feel the difference in your bruxism within a few days. With one Botox treatment, you may enjoy a reduction in your symptoms for up to 3 or 4 months at a time.

Botox is an easy and smooth treatment option for men and women dealing with unpleasant teeth grinding. After your treatment, you’ll walk out of the Esteem Medical Spa ready to jump back into your day without the need for down time.

If you want to learn more about how Botox can help you with bruxism, call the the Esteem team at 775.204.3508 to schedule your free consultation.